At Springhallow, our science curriculum aims to engage and inspire our pupils to explore and question the world around them. Fostering an eager curiosity within our pupils as they learn key skills which help them to develop independence, an excitement of the natural world and a desire to positively impact the future of the planet. Scientific enquiry and experimentation is at the heart of our curriculum, teaching the pupils the importance of team work, critical thinking and self-discovery. Both our working scientifically skills and topic based teaching is delivered following National Curriculum targets yet is pitched to the needs of the individual student. Allowing for an accessible curriculum which provides room for challenge and progression.
The pupils begin in KS1 learning fundamental scientific knowledge and skills. Exploring their senses, Seasonal Changes, Humans, Animals and their habitats, Plants and Everyday Materials. As the pupils move onto KS2, they begin to consolidate previous topics and foundational skills, whilst moving onto more complex scientific topics such as; Electricity, Forces and Magnets, Space, Light and Sound, States of Matter and Rocks.
In KS3 & 4, the pupils consolidate and take a deeper dive into all scientific topics. We challenge them to consider how science can be used in a wider context. Looking at how we can use science as a tool to tackle modern challenges, such as climate change, the environment and the world the next generation will inherit. It is at this stage that we also explore how science may open doors for future careers, preparing the pupils for adulthood. We have welcomed world renowned scientific companies, who have hosted workshops with our secondary and post 16 departments. Inspiring pupils to seek out possible careers within science and STEM subject areas.
We offer engaging and multifunctional learning environments to support our science curriculum here at Springhallow. A Science room stocked with topic related resources, interactive boards and built in appliances to support experimentation, such as Bunsen Burners.
Finally, we are developing an exciting outdoor learning space based on Forest schooling principles, designed to facilitate a range of science topic learning, including: Seasonal changes; Animals; Habitats and Plants.